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Art Tales: Not a Box
Ages 4 to 6

Requests for winter/spring tours (January 6 – May 29, 2020) will be accepted from December 2, 2019 – May 2, 2020.

Art Tales is a tour designed for the Gallery’s youngest learners. This tour includes the reading of Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, exploration of two works of art, and an art-making experience.

Book Summary


In Not a Box, a rabbit uses its imagination to transform a cardboard box to a race car, a robot, and a spaceship. With a little imagination, the ordinary becomes extraordinary!

Looking and Learning Skills

During the Art Tales: Not a Box tour, students will discover how artists use their imagination and draw inspiration from the world around them to create modern sculptures and paintings. On this tour, students will:
• become familiar with a museum setting
• observe, describe, compare, and contrast works of art
• create a 3-D, multimedia work of art inspired by their experience in the museum

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 50 students
Length: 60 minutes
Meeting Location: East Building Atrium

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 students.

Once your tour has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation letter via e-mail in 10 business days (14 days for Spanish-language tours).

Watch a video (grades 1-4) or download a presentation (grades 4-12) (PPT, 4MB) to show your students what to expect on their tour. Please review museum policies, location, parking, accessibility, security, lunch options, and other important visitor information.

Our tour scheduler is available to answer questions on Monday through Wednesday between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (September through May). Please contact her at (202) 842-6249 [email protected].

Also see our Frequently Asked Questions about School Tours.

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